France 1659-A 1/12 ecu
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"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR douzième d'écu au buste juvénile, 1659 A, Paris. Différent: étoile. Droit: B. l. et drapé à droite. Revers: Ecu de France couronné. Légères traces d'ajustage. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), twelfth écu of the juvenile bust of 1659, Paris mint; star privy mark. Obverse: laureate, draped bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Light adjustment marks, extremely fine.)"Shown is a twelfth d'écu buste adolescent struck 1659-64 during the minority of Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). This issue is from the Paris mint. By some fluke of fashion, this coin became very popular in the Levantine trade and large numbers were minted and exported. It was imitated in Orange, Monaco, Dombes and Italy (where it was called the "luigino") until the market was saturated and the price dropped back to its face value of five sols.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Specification: 2.28 g, .917 fine silver, 19-20 mm diameter, designed by Jean Warin, this specimen 2,29 g.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 729-B, Dr/2 no. 313, Dupl., 1486; Ci., 1865; Gad-115.
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- Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
- Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 1st ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.